‘Tudors’ Star: No Fat Kings Please!

by | April 17, 2009 at 12:47 PM | TV News

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is glad that the reign of ‘The Tudors’ is coming to an end.

Because he doesn’t want to get fat.

“I wouldn’t be very good at putting on a lot of weight. When I played Elvis (a young Presley, in the 2005 TV movie “Elvis”), I really had to struggle so I would have Elvis’ puppy fat,” he said. “I had to keep eating.” His character, King Henry VIII, gained a notorious amount of weight in his later years.

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“It doesn’t seem to have affected his sexual prowess,” said Meyers. “Of course, Henry wasn’t as sexed up as the show is. But we’re not selling it to a 16th-century audience.”

The series will come to a close after the fourth season, before the character’s health deteriorated and his weight ballooned.